Lund University, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The activities of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics are centred around three main areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Theoretical Particle Physics; and Computational Biology and Biological Physics. Our research is driven by our curiosity to understand reality, from the smallest of particles to the largest astronomical structures, as well as the structure of Life itself. We have a strong international position in all three areas, and we are actively working on further strengthening our international profile.

We announce a Researcher position within astronomy and astrophysics in the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics.

The successful applicant will work in the planet formation team. This team is led by Anders Johansen, who has a large expertise and experience within the research area. The group has achieved funding to employ a researcher for two years.

Work duties

The researcher will work on the formation of planets and moons by pebble accretion. The project involves calculating the growth and migration of moons around giant planets and planets around young stars. The composition of the moons and the planets, particularly the water contents, will also be calculated. The results will be compared with the observed population of the moons of the Solar System and of exoplanets.


The applicant must hold a PhD in astrophysics and have a research profile within computational models of moon formation and planet formation by pebble accretion and calculating the chemical composition of moons and planets. Experience with running N-body simulations of moon and planet formation is also a requirement.

Application procedure

The application should consist of a short description of current research (max 1 page), CV and publication list.


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment November 1, 2020
Salary Monthly payment
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/3014
  • Anders Johansen, Professor, +46-46-2221589,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 15.Oct.2020
Last application date 28.Oct.2020 11:59 PM CET

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